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    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions
    I'm looking for a smaller octabox (currently have a Godox 47") and want to stay in the 24" to 26" range for outdoor portability. Although I'm a big Magmod fan, the reviews of the Magbox concern me - so I'm looking for a different brand. I haven't seen an octabox by Godox in that size range.

    Does anyone have experience with the Phottix Raja Parabolic Softbox 26"? The size is ideal, and the fact that it opens more like an umbrella would allow faster setups. It also comes with a grid rather than having to purchase a grid separately. Any comments regarding it? Or any other suggestions for an octabox in this size? Would like to stick to an octabox for the shape of the catch lights (instead of a softbox).

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...oftbox_26.html

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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Look at Godox stuff - pretty well priced and not to shabby on the quality. That or Cheetah something - can't remember the exact name
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Cindy,

    Have you looked at the Glow brand from Adorama? I have one of their softboxes and really like it.

    https://www.adorama.com/g/glow_brand
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Prefrosh01 View Post
    Cindy,

    Have you looked at the Glow brand from Adorama? I have one of their softboxes and really like it.

    https://www.adorama.com/g/glow_brand
    Thanks for the info, Matt! The 26" Glow EZ Beauty Dish looks interesting. I will compare it with the other one I linked above and weight the pros/cons of both. The fact that it comes with a beauty dish whereas the first one I asked about doesn't, that's definitely a huge benefit. Both come with a grid so the biggest difference is the beauty dish to cut down on a hot spot.

    https://www.adorama.com/glbdez25s.html
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions
    Quote Originally Posted by kevy73 View Post
    Look at Godox stuff - pretty well priced and not to shabby on the quality. That or Cheetah something - can't remember the exact name
    Kevin, I couldn't find a Godox octabox in a 24" to 26" size. Cheetahstand has this 26" which comes with a beauty dish. What it has that the Phottix and Glow lack is a pebbled silver interior. It's my understanding that a pebbled interior reduces hot spots better than one without. But I have a question for you or anyone - how does the depth of an octabox or parabolic softbox affect the lighting? Is it better to get a deeper one or a narrower one? This one looks to be slightly narrower than the other two (Phottix and Glow).

    https://www.cheetahstand.com/product...htm&Click=9973

    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions-qsb-26-2t.jpg Cheetahstand


    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions-glbdez25s.jpg Glow from Adorama




    24" to 26" Octabox suggestions-phottix_ph82721_raja_quick_folding_softbox_26_1522339552000_1399543.jpg Phottix Raja from B&H
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    ... But I have a question for you or anyone - how does the depth of an octabox or parabolic softbox affect the lighting? Is it better to get a deeper one or a narrower one?
    This is sort of an, "It depends" question, but, in short, a deeper modifier puts the front surface further away from the strobe which, all other things being equal, renders light more evenly on your subject.
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    This is sort of an, "It depends" question, but, in short, a deeper modifier puts the front surface further away from the strobe which, all other things being equal, renders light more evenly on your subject.
    Oh? Oh. *Rethinking my options*

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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    But I have a question for you or anyone - how does the depth of an octabox or parabolic softbox affect the lighting? Is it better to get a deeper one or a narrower one?
    I would imagine the deeper one would have a smaller spread of light - ie more focused. But I have no scientific proof of this. It would also depend on how close to the back of the Parabola that you have your light source too...
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    Re: 24" to 26" Octabox suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by kevy73 View Post
    I would imagine the deeper one would have a smaller spread of light - ie more focused. But I have no scientific proof of this. It would also depend on how close to the back of the Parabola that you have your light source too...
    The other day I watched a video by Phottix showing a few different models of their softboxes. They said that a deeper softbox offers slightly harder and more direct light. A softbox with a shorter depth spreads light out over a wider area and is softer in comparison. So although I haven't yet bought one, I will get the Photttix Raja 26".

    I know the value of a beauty dish, but this softbox will be for portability and ease of use. Thanks again to everyone for your input.
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